B’nai B’rith World Center-Jerusalem Announces Winners Of 2018 Award For Journalism Recognizing Excellence In Diaspora Reportage
B’nai B’rith International President Gary P. Saltzman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin have issued the following statement:
Elliott Abrams, former U.S Deputy National Security Advisor and Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at Council of Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C. will deliver the keynote address at B’nai B’rith World Center-Jerusalem Award for Journalism Recognizing Excellence in Diaspora Reportage on: "Israel and American Jews: A Portrait at 70." The ceremony will take place on June 5 at Konrad Adenauer Conference Center, Mishkenot Sha'ananim, Jerusalem (location).
The winners of the 2018 B’nai B’rith World Center-Jerusalem Award for Journalism Recognizing Excellence in Diaspora Reportage in memory of Wolf and Hilda Matsdorf were announced today. For broadcast media the award will be conferred upon Yair Sherki, Religious Affairs reporter for Israel News Company (formerly Channel 2 News) for his incisive five-part TV series “Brooklyn Shel Kodesh” (Brooklyn – The Holy Borough) on the ultra-Orthodox community in Brooklyn, New York. Amotz Asa-El, Jerusalem Report senior editor, will receive the award for print media for his five-part in-depth series on transitions in the Jewish experience: Geography, Solidarity, Faith, Hate and Genius.
A Certificate of Merit in memory of Luis and Trudi Schydlowsky will be conferred on Benny Teitelbaum, Jewish World correspondent at the Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation (Kan), for four TV news reports on French and ultra-Orthodox immigrants to Israel, and on an emotional mission to Israel by North America Jewish mothers.
Since its establishment in 1992, the B’nai B’rith World Center-Jerusalem Award for Journalism has recognized excellence in reporting on contemporary Diaspora Jewish communities and on the state of Israel-Diaspora relations in the Israeli print, broadcast and online media. The award is widely recognized as the most prestigious prize in the Israeli media industry for Diaspora reportage and was established to help strengthen the relations between Israel and the Diaspora.
The distinguished members of the award jury are: professor Yehudith Auerbach, School of Communications, Bar Ilan University; professor Sergio DellaPergola, the Institute of Contemporary Jewry, Hebrew University; Sallai Meridor, international chairman, Jerusalem Foundation, former Israeli ambassador to the United States, former chairman of the Zionist Executive and Jewish Agency; professor Gabriela Shalev, Higher Academic Council, Ono Academic College and former Israel ambassador to the U.N.; Yair Sheleg, columnist at Makor Rishon; Asher Weill, publisher and editor of ARIEL-The Israel Review of Arts and Letters from 1981-2003.
The B’nai B’rith World Center-Jerusalem Award for Journalism Recognizing Excellence in Diaspora Reportage is named for the late Wolf Matsdorf and his wife Hilda. Wolf was an editor of the World Center’s journal “Leadership Briefing” and a journalist in Israel and Australia. Hilda was a pioneer in social work in both Australia and Israel. The award is made possible through donations from the Matsdorf family and B’nai B’rith World Center-Jerusalem board member Daniel Schydlowsky.
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